How Long Does it Take for CBD Oil to Work?

How Long Does it Take for CBD Oil to Work?

As the number of CBD users rise, the number of questions about it also increases. CBD has been found to be an effective alternative for treating chronic pain, epilepsy, nausea, depression and much more. But many want to know how long it takes to experience the positive effects of CBD. This is an important question, and that’s what we’re going to talk about in this article. Like most CBD oil questions, the answer depends on many factors. In some cases, it may only take a couple of minutes to take effect, and other times it may take a few hours. Let’s go over the many variables to consider.

Consider which ailment needs to be treated

CBD can be an incredible natural alternative for treating many conditions, and which condition you need to treat can make a big difference in how long it takes for it to have an effect. For instance, someone with joint pain may choose to apply CBD oil topically to the area where they are experiencing pain. A topical application could take less time to have an effect than, say, consuming a CBD edible on a full stomach. 

The speed of a topical application can also vary for different ailments. While applying CBD oil topically for skin irritation may only take moments, applying CBD oil topically to get rid of a headache may take more time since it needs to first get into the bloodstream to have an effect.

There are also many who use CBD for its ability to kill off cancer cells. In this case, it could take days, weeks, or months of regular usage to have any effect. It would have to be continuously in the body to continue fighting off the cancer cells. 

Ways of using CBD

There are four primary ways of using CBD: vapor, sublingual, topical, and edibles. Each method of using CBD oil effects you in a different way and can take different amounts of time to produce the desired effect. 

Using CBD oil effects you quickest when in vaporized form. As the vapors fill your lungs, it goes directly into your bloodstream. Many find this the best option when dealing with headaches and anxiety since it’s quick and easy to use.

Using CBD sublingually means using it underneath your tongue. This is the second quickest way to get CBD oil into your system. Plus, there’s no extra equipment needed. Simply put a few drops underneath your tongue, and you’re good to go. This is a popular choice for everyday users who want to get rid of aches and pains. Although it may take a little longer than inhaling CBD from a vaporizer pen, many users find this to be more effective and long-lasting. 

CBD can be used topically by applying CBD oil right on your skin, or by using moisturizers, lip balms, and other beauty products. This option can work well for areas on your skin which are irritated or have a rash. For treating skin and joint pains, this is often the fastest option. However, it can take a long time for topically applied CBD to enter the bloodstream. So it’s not the best way to treat pains other than on the surface of your skin or on joints and muscles which are near the surface. 

Edible CBD products have become quite popular. They are easy to use and often very tasty. The most popular CBD edibles are CBD gummy bears. But you can also find CBD-infused chocolates, cake pops, honey, capsules, and countless types of candies. Some people don’t care for the potent earthy taste of CBD oil. For these people, CBD edibles can be a great option. While this is the tastiest way to enjoy CBD, it can take much longer for it to get into your system. Your body has to digest the edibles first, which can take a long time—especially if you had a full meal beforehand.

Dosage and potency

Two other factors that can make a significant difference in how long CBD oil effects your body is how much you use and how potent it is. A few drops of 10mg CBD oil may take longer to have an effect than a few drops 40mg CBD oil. Five drops of a less potent oil may take effect quicker than a single drop of a more potent oil. This can change from oil to oil and from person to person.

How long does CBD take to work? 

How long CBD takes to work depends on many factors—what part of your body you want it to affect, how much you take, the potency of the CBD oil, how you use the CBD, and the overall response of your body to the CBD. While there’s no one answer, as a rule of thumb, this is how long you can expect CBD oil to take effect: 

-CBD vapors: 1-20 minutes

-CBD sublingually: 30-90 minutes

-CBD topically: 30 minutes to 2 hours

-CBD edibles on an empty stomach: 20-90 minutes

-CBD edibles on a full stomach: 45 minutes to 6 hours.

Final thoughts

How long it takes to feel the effects of CBD oil can differ significantly from person to person. It’s important to note that if you don’t feel the effects of CBD oil right away, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should take more. It can take up to 6 hours in some cases to feel the effects of CBD. It’s best to experiment until you find the right amount and the right timing. If you know you have a social gathering to attend ahead of time and you want to use CBD to help fight social anxiety, plan it out so that the CBD oil effects you at the right time. Finding the correct dosage and timing just takes a little bit of trial and error. While there are no known reports of any CBD overdoses, it is best to start with a low dosage to gauge how your body reacts to CBD. As you learn how it affects you, you can gradually increase the dosage as needed. 


Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website; where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.